Community-focused efforts from UNCW campus earn APLU University of Innovation and Economic Prosperity title | So Good News
Monday, November 07, 2022
In recognition of its strong commitment to economic inclusion, the Association of State and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has designated the University of North Carolina Wilmington. “University of Innovation and Economic Development”. The national designation recognizes public research universities that work with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.
“UNCW is a university like no other, and we are honored to be recognized by APLU as a University of Innovation and Economic Prosperity,” said Chancellor Aswani K. Voleti. “UNCW faculty and staff are committed to improving campus-community connections by working with regional business and nonprofit leaders to assess market forces and address civic issues to create and develop programs that benefit students, the region and the state. North Carolina.”
“Economic development is a cornerstone of what universities do,” said APLU President Mark Becker. “From talent development to innovative research to entrepreneurship and beyond, institutions play a central role in economic development. We are happy to admit it UNCW for its commitment to community engagement around these issues to promote regional economic development.”
UNCW later received an IEP label two years The application process is managed by the IEP Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on campus. Dr. Jeanine M. With Minge’s Council, the Provost’s integration of community engagement and impact; Mark Lanier, assistant chancellor and assistant secretary of the UNCW Board of Trustees; and Dr. Stuart Borrett, assistant provost for research and innovation, the committee invited UNCW faculty, administrators, staff and community partners to work specifically in the areas of talent, innovation and place. The committee also held focus groups with business, education, non-profit sector and government leaders.
“UNCW is excited to join this prestigious collective of shared universities committed to enriching the student experience by facilitating a culture of civic engagement that supports economic growth and vitality,” Minge said. “We know that communities thrive when business, education, government and the nonprofit sector work together effectively. Through this process, we found many successes as well as important areas for improvement.”
The university’s strengths were highlighted in three areas: 1) community engagement and equity; 2) Blue economy, coastal sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship and 3) a talent pipeline developed in partnership with surrounding communities.
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According to APLU’s IEP mission, Minge cited A new UNCW initiative to increase university-community collaboration “Change TIDES.” TIDES stands for talent, innovation, development, activism and social impact.
Change the TIDES leverages UNCW’s resources to improve the quality of life, health, education and employment of our region’s residents and their communities. To me added. “It makes me proud to be a UNCW Seahawk.”
— Chrissy Vick
UNCW is the assignee of the Class of 2022 IEP Association of Public and Grants Universities (APLU).